Photo by Chang W. Lee / New York Times
We never read the first drafts of books. If we did we would know they're terrible.
We never see the gold medalist when he struggles through his first practice. . . .
Approaching Life with a Beginner's Mind
Have you ever heard someone say one of the following phrases? Have you ever said them?
"That's the way we do things around here."
"That's the industry standard."
"We can't do it that way."
"That's just the best way to do it."
Almost all of us hear these phrases or ones like them. Not infrequently, but daily.
The more we hear them, . . .
The learning industry is a massive industry. Between schools and universities, online courses, community art classes, business seminars, and immersive language schools, there are trillions of dollars devoted to helping people learn.
But here's the thing - you don't need to spend piles of money, or take on mountains of debt to learn some of . . .
Before she died, my Nana wrote a memoir.
A true love labor, she spent months crafting her stories, working with a local writer to hone the tone of each memory. It was a work for end of life. For reflection. And for sharing of wisdom.
When she finished, she wanted it printed. A small run for friends and family.
She asked her daughter-in-law, . . .
Over dinner during this past New Year's Eve, a group of us sat around the table and all went around and said "For me, this is the year of ______________."
Every person filled in the blank with their theme for the year - their guiding principle.
For me, this is the year of generosity.
This year is all about being generous with my time, my . . .
cultivating everyday awareness
In Michael Pollan's book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, he shares one of the lessons he learned during his journey from industrial eater to home cook:
When chopping onions, just chop onions.
There is nowhere else to be. There is nothing else to do. Just chop the onion.
It's always been hard for humans to do one thing at a . . .
It's Friday afternoon and I am working remotely in Oregon's high desert.
Standing Desk Life Wherever I Go
I woke up early this morning and hit the road for the three hour drive.
By 10:00 AM I was plugged in at my quiet and peaceful "desk" with a beautiful view.
In an hour or so when I wrap up, I won't be rushing out the . . .